The good comes with the bad, right?
Good news first. Hurley has been thriving with stuffed Kongs and Wobblers at the store. His "Go Lay Down" improved 500% overnight. OK. Maybe that is a slight exaggeration. But he does go into his kennel or offer a down on his blanket in the shop with excitement and anticipation and finally pays attention to which area I am asking him to go lay down to. He is just so tickled with himself and looking forward to his reward. The downside is that he figured out the Kong Wobbler in no time at all so I'll need to invest in a more complicated puzzle toy soon. While the Wobbler does slowly dispense his kibble and keeps him occupied, I don't think it's that challenging to his superior intelligence. He empties that sucker out in about 5 minutes. Sadie & Maggie just licked it and then stared at it for 5 minutes. I knew he was smarter than them but dang, they didn't even try to get kibble out of it!
The bad news is that Maggie does have a urinary tract infection like I thought. And it's pretty severe according to the vet. Last time she had a UTI, we fought it for 9+ months. Back then, she had some anatomical issues with her lady parts that have since been surgically corrected so I don't anticipate her being on 9 months of antibiotics. But since she does have a history of taking some time to fight them off, I'm taking the pro-active route and have her on an additional cranberry supplement this time. Hopefully, that will give her system the extra boost it needs, along with the antibiotics, to kick this thing to the curb in no time. The upside is that at the vet this morning, she did not react to 4 different dogs. Not even a raised hair. No pulling. No excitability. We even worked on some Sits, Downs and Leave Its in the waiting room of the vet with another dog, who was whining at her, 10 feet away. Hooray for Maggie! I am so, so, so proud of her progress. I once had a Maggie who loved all the dogs she came across and today, she is one giant step closer to being back to that Maggie.
So while this week started out with its share of frustrations, we are back on track and doing well. Our health concerns and training challenges are being conquered. Thanks to everyone for your supportive comments and suggestions - they really helped in turning our week around!